Podcast: Jem Lester Reads From 'Shtum'
Jem Lester is the father of an autistic child. And that’s what informs his highly original debut novel called Shtum, published by The Overlook Press. It tells the story of a father’s struggle to care for his nonverbal, autistic son. In fact Shtum is Yiddish for silence, but this book speaks volumes about love, family, sacrifice, and even the ability to keep a sense of humor. Here is the author, Jem Lester, reading an excerpt from Shtum.